Monthly Archives: May 2011

A society that renews the ‘Patriot Act’ isn’t free


The bizarre Francophobia of columnist Roger Cohen, brought to you by The New York Times: After Osama bin Laden was killed, a prominent French radio station called me for an interview. It turned into a mildly hallucinogenic experience. Everybody from … Continue reading

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Subterranean homesick Bob


I tried, but the hundred Inevitables dogged me all day. By the time I got back to the bunker the medicine man was gone and Beethoven had unwrapped a bedroll with Ma Rainey. I’d missed my chance to give Bob … Continue reading

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Thump Trump once, it’s all he deserves


(This one’s a little late but hey, so’s my mortgage payment…) Here’s to the Earnest Weasel, David Brooks, and all the other insiders who get paid big bucks to bloviate. Thanks, guys, for wasting thousands of words speculating that Donald … Continue reading

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It’s Rapture time. Do you know where your dog is?


Holy eschatology, the end is near. Worthy folks across the land are wrapping up their earthly business and getting ready to be summoned, or assumed, or maybe just whooshed into heaven at 6 p.m. Saturday. There has been much debate … Continue reading

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The hole where Borders was, and the dummies who dug it


Writers hate the idea of slush piles, where agents and editors dump unpublished works. On the last weekend of business at Borders in Philadelphia, I saw the equivalent of a slush pile for published works. It wasn’t a pretty sight. … Continue reading

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‘Low-stoop’ fiction writer seeks agent, brand


Citations from an article about the importance of tireless self-promotion in trying to establish a brand for your work: For artists, the great problem to solve is how to get oneself noticed. — Honore de Balzac, Lost Illusions Great success … Continue reading

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Again, Bernie plays the Obama we thought we elected


This from Bernie Sanders, who stands out from most of his fellow U.S. senators like a St. Bernard in a pack of toy poodles: The United States is the only major nation in the industrialized world that does not guarantee … Continue reading

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